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Yoko Tajima, a House of Councilors member, said Tuesday she will run in the April 13 Kanagawa gubernatorial race. The outspoken feminist scholar and TV celebrity announced her decision at a news conference in Tokyo.

She will automatically lose her seat in the Upper House when she enters the gubernatorial race. Tajima, 61, who previously taught at Hosei University, was first elected to the Upper House in July 2001 as the top candidate of the Social Democratic Party in the proportional representation segment of the poll.

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